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9:07am

Fri May 30, 2014
Politics

Haslam: Tenn. Back in Talks with VW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration is talking again with officials from Volkswagen.

Haslam told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that discussions include state incentives and other programs that could be used to encourage the German automaker to build a new SUV in Chattanooga.

VW is close to making a decision on where it will build the new vehicle.

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9:03am

Fri May 30, 2014
Top Stories

Possible New Money for Tenn. Rape Kit Testing Backlog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure that provides an additional $5 million in federal funds to help law enforcement agencies in Tennessee and elsewhere reduce their backlogs of untested rape kits.

The legislation sponsored by Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis passed on a voice vote this week. It's an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill.

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7:45am

Thu May 29, 2014
Top Stories

Judge: East Tenn. City Can Change Name to Rocky Top

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has given a tiny East Tennessee town the go-ahead to change its name to Rocky Top.

A development group has promised to turn Lake City into a tourist mecca if it goes through with the name change. The plan is to cash in on the fame of the song "Rocky Top," which was made famous by the Osborne Brothers.

But Gatlinburg-based House of Bryant, which owns the rights to the song and multiple Rocky Top trademarks, sued and asked a judge to stop the name change.

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5:38am

Thu May 29, 2014
Politics

Haslam Defends Decision to Delay Assessment Scores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says state education officials were simply being cautious when they initially decided to delay the release of students' assessment scores.

The Department of Education had informed school superintendents that the delay in TCAP scores was needed because of a change in assessments. The scores are used in the calculation of final grades for students primarily in grades 3 through 8.

However, the department decided to release scores last Friday after experts signed off on the validity and accuracy of the results.

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5:35am

Thu May 29, 2014
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Southern Baptist Membership Declines for 7th Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An annual report says the nation's largest Protestant denomination saw membership decline for the seventh straight year in 2013.

The report released by the Southern Baptist Convention's Lifeway Christian Resources puts total membership in the Nashville-based SBC at 15.7 million. That's down from 15.9 million in 2012, a decrease of a little less than 1 percent.

Weekly church attendance decreased more than 2 percent last year.

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